CONGRATULATIONS to the Herald for the article ‘‘Unholy Row’’ by Donna Page and editorial on the proposed closure and fire sale of eight or nine local Anglican parish churches.
The parishes are identified in the report but not the faceless men of the Diocese trying to have this rammed through before a new bishop arrives.
The comments of John McNaughton, Simon Adam, Laurie Tabart and Robert Hann are spot on.
I am aware how hard parishioners work, not only to support their local church but to meet the financial levies imposed by the Diocese.
It would appear the trouble lies squarely with the administration of the Diocese, which has changed dramatically since the arrival of Bishop Brian Farran and his appointees.
Not only is the Diocese in need of a quick financial fix, cathedral parishioners have become divided, many go to other parishes or have just stopped attending church.
The local church is part of the community and must be preserved.
Local parishes are a real support to the likes of The Samaritans, Mission to Seafarers, the aged and the homeless, community group activities and local theatre. The local church is far more of an asset to the community than just bricks and mortar, just stop and think of all the occasions and events we attend in a local church or church hall.